The envelope Teeny's guarding is "a secret," and Margene tells her, "I have a bad secret too." She shows Teeny: there's a carton of cigarettes she's been hiding in the garage, and Teeny is the first person she's told about them. Margene says with apparent sincerity, "I feel better since I told you." Teeny takes her cue, and shows Margene a letter: "It was a class project. We had to write an essay on why our mom deserved to be mother of the year." And now it turns out that Barb is a statewide finalist for Utah mother of the year. (I have to admit, while I am all for adults getting recognition for their endeavors, there is something a little unsettling about giving awards for parenting, because that implies some sort of judging criteria for parenting, and that implies a one-size-fits-all approach.) Teeny explains she didn't know what to do because she was afraid of hurting her other moms' feelings. Margene asks, "Do you see me like a mom?" Teeny replies that she does and Margene gives her a huge hug, explaining, "You didn't do anything wrong."
Meanwhile, Nicki is wheeling the dryer back to Margene's. I just love that the writers have given her this savant-like ability to fix any motorized object. It's such a great insight into both the character (Nicki's fine analytical mind and trouble-shooting abilities) and the way compound life absolutely perverts and stifles the natural abilities of its adherents. Anyway, she wheels the appliance back in and when she opens Margene's garage door, she sees Margie sitting in the garage smoking, Teeny reading the cigarette packet at her feet. And now comes something I'd like to call "Exhibit D" in the argument against becoming a polygamist's bride at a young age: Nicki snaps, "You're grounded! You're on probation!" Margene rightly bristles at this, and inadvertently hits Nicki where she lives after Nicki attempts to pull rank, saying, "Second's not first. It's nothing." Then she tells Nicki that if she doesn't like it, take it up with Bill. Nicki prepares to rip Margene a new one with "I'm no creampuff like Barb. I don't like a lot of people. But I liked you. And eventually I wanted you in this family because I grew to love you, but in the last three years, I have never known you to make a single adult decision --"
As Nicki talks, Margene notices Pam decorating her yard outside. Pam is very patriotic. And because Nicki has her back to Pam, she doesn't quite get it when Margene pretends to barely know her. Both wives have a "Busted " look on their faces.